Itoua to reorganise and move Ministry of Hydrocarbons
Since Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua took over the ministry in May 2021, he has had several major ambitions, from reorganising the department to constructing a new building for his team.
Obtaining a shipment of Congolese crude is usually mission impossible for non-French-speaking traders, but the Emirati firm Masono managed to acquire its first one in September and is in line to be awarded more. This feat is due to the intervention of Françoise Joly, the Congolese president's international affairs representative.
Roger Rigobert Andely, the pointman in Congo for the IMF, is under pressure from powerful regime figures against the backdrop of a battle for control of financial and oil revenues. His detractors also point out that he has hired family members to work at his ministry.
The newly appointed Congolese budget minister Roger-Rigobert Andely has named a select group to reopen communication channels with the IMF and negotiate the disbursement of the second tranche of a loan programme that has been blocked for the past year.
The family-run junior oil company Perenco has shut out the competition by bringing out the big guns to win the contract for the Kombi, Likalala and Libondo II fields, with former SNPC boss Denis Gokana lending a helping hand.